After winning the World Series the Dodgers entered the winter with a small group of free agents. The biggest of the names is Justin Turner, but the other Dodger players who are entering their walk years are Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Alex Wood, Blake Treinen, Pedro Baez, and Jake McGee. Thus far the only one of those guys the Dodgers have brought back was Treinen whom the club just resigned to a two-year 17.5 million dollar guaranteed contract.
Otherwise the Dodgers so far have not made any big acquisitions nor have they had much movement in general. Throughout the winter the Dodgers were rumored to be interested in acquiring former Cleveland star shortstop Francisco Lindor, but he was just acquired by the New York Mets for Amed Rosario and a bunch of prospects. New Mets Owner billionaire Steve Cohen has plenty of cash and wants to win a championship.
So the Dodgers already have to deal with a beefed up Padres club who just acquired Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and former Dodger and soft bum Yu Darvish from the Cubs. The Dodgers have been reportedly looking for right handed hitting infielders in case Turner and Hernandez don’t come back and relievers for the back end of the bullpen. Thus far all they have done other than resigning Treinen is sign former Brewer reliever Corey Knebel (two-year deal) and right hander Tommy Kahnle (also two-year deal). Andrew Friedman will normally only sign pitchers who have had Tommy John or other major arm surgeries. Naturally both Knebel and Kahnle are both recovering from Tommy John surgery. Kahnle won’t be able to pitch at all until 2022.
The Dodgers did sign a trio of players to minor league deals. They signed Brandon Morrow, Brock Stewart and James Pazos on minor league pacts. They also brought back former catcher Tim Federowicz on a minor league deal as well. The move time warped us back to 2013 with Don Mattingly, Brandon League, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez. The Dodgers also made a three-team trade with the Rays and Phillies acquiring minor league first baseman Dillon Paulson.
Otherwise the Dodgers have been rumored to be in on many different top tier relievers and infielders. They’ve been rumored to be in on DJ LeMahieu. They’ve been rumored to be in on reliever Liam Hendricks. They are rumored to be in on Brad Hand. They are rumored to be in on Kirby Yates. The Dodgers are also interested in Ryne Stanek.
The Dodgers didn’t get Lindor, but hopefully they can Retain Turner and pick up some good players to help retool the infield and bullpen in order to defend their World Series Championship. The one move the Dodgers must make is resigning clubhouse leader and franchise soul Justin Turner. Apparently the two sides are far apart in negotiations due to length of contract. Turner wants a four-year pact while the Dodgers are not willing to go more than two-years.